Fauxcahontas no more: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) seems to have addressed one of the most nagging negative aspects of her past — her frequent and public claims that she was a Native American.
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage, directly tackling an area that’s proved to be her biggest political liability.
“Like anyone who has been honest with themselves, I know I have made mistakes,” the Massachusetts senator said at the start of her appearance at a forum on Native American issues in this pivotal early-voting state. “I am sorry for the harm I have caused.”
Thus far, that is the only quote I can find after checking several media outlets that are reporting on the story.
Yes, it’s an apology, but it’s one that doesn’t go far enough. Hey, the Left is always saying that when someone on the Right apologizes for something, so I’m just adhering to the new rules.
A more sincere apology would have been, “I repeatedly misrepresented myself for personal gain, and for that I apologize.”
Even better would have been, “I lied and I used all of you, and for that I am deeply sorry.”
Warren says this is a result of being honest with herself. It was more likely the result of her campaign advisers being honest with her now that she has some momentum in the polls.
While this is a legitimate stain on Warren’s record, she hasn’t been dogged by it as much as she perhaps should have been. In fact, the press has largely given her a pass on it. As she has now firmly established herself in the top three in the primary polling, she has to prepare for taking heat from other candidates who are seeking to make a move by taking shots at the leaders.
This was probably more of a preemptive strike to protect her from the lower rungs of the polling ladder, because the mainstream media certainly showed no signs of it bothering them enough to bring it up again.
Even if that was the intention, Warren has now opened herself to attacks from her primary opponents by reviving the subject. They may, however, still be too focused on eroding Joe Biden’s support to go after her with it.